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Australia investigators defend MH370 out-of-control scenario

Pharma news - May 22, 2018 - 3:43am

Australian investigators Tuesday defended their findings that missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was out of control when it plunged into the ocean, despite renewed theories that a rogue pilot ditched the plane. The Boeing 777 -- which vanished in March 2014 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing carrying 239 passengers -- has not been found despite an extensive search led by Australia in the southern Indian Ocean and a continuing private search commissioned by Malaysia. The failure to find the plane has fuelled theories which differ from the conclusions of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), which led the first search, that the jet was making a high-speed out-of-control descent when it hit the water.

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N. Korea invites media to nuclear site: Why now?

Pharma news - May 22, 2018 - 3:29am

Journalists from several international media outlets have departed for North Korea to witness the closure of a nuclear test site. It's a sign their promise to shut down will go ahead, although what the journalists may find is less clear. Matthew Larotonda reports.

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Commander says Iran's people will punch U.S. Secretary of State in the mouth

Pharma news - May 22, 2018 - 2:52am

A senior Iranian military commander poured scorn on U.S. threats to tighten sanctions on Tuesday, saying the Islamic Republic's people would respond by punching U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the mouth. Pompeo said on Monday Washington would impose new penalties if Tehran did not make sweeping changes, including dropping its nuclear program and pulling out of the Syrian civil war. Two weeks after President Donald Trump pulled out of an international nuclear deal with Iran, his administration has threatened to impose "the strongest sanctions in history," setting Washington and Tehran further on a course of confrontation.

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Israel says it is the first country to use U.S.-made F-35 in combat

Pharma news - May 22, 2018 - 2:26am

Israel is the first country to have used the U.S.-made F-35 stealth fighter in combat, the Israeli air force chief said on Tuesday in remarks carried by the military's official Twitter account. Local media further quoted Major-General Amikam Norkin as saying in a speech to the chiefs of 20 foreign air forces convening in Israel: "We are flying the F-35 all over the Middle East and have already attacked twice on two different fronts". Manufactured by Lockheed Martin Corp, the F-35 is also known as the Joint Strike Fighter and, in Israel, by its Hebrew name "Adir" (Mighty).

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Lava creeps onto geothermal plant site on Hawaii's Big Island

Pharma news - May 22, 2018 - 2:24am

By Terray Sylvester PAHOA, Hawaii (Reuters) - Molten lava from the erupting Kilauea Volcano on Hawaii's Big Island crept onto a geothermal power plant site on Monday, as workers rushed to shut down the facility to prevent the uncontrollable release of toxic gases. Crews worked into the night to cap the 11th and final well at the Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV) plant, which provides about 25 percent of the Big Island's power, as lava from an active fissure flowed 200 to 300 yards from the nearest well pad, county and federal officials said. The latest explosive eruption at the Kilauea summit occurred shortly before 6 p.m. local time, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported.

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Hawaii volcano eruption driving away millions in tourism dollars

Pharma news - May 21, 2018 - 11:27pm

Cruise ships have canceled stops on Hawaii's Big Island. Hotel rooms will sit vacant this summer despite price cuts. Tourism authorities say summer bookings for hotels on Hawaii's Big Island have fallen almost 50 percent since the volcano began spewing lava and toxic gases on May 3.

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Lawmaker Introduces Crowdfunding Bill To Pay For Trump's Border Wall

Pharma news - May 21, 2018 - 10:13pm

President Donald Trump needs at least $22 billion for the U.S.-Mexico border

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Mike Pompeo threatens 'strongest sanctions in history' and vows to 'crush' Iranian proxies

Pharma news - May 21, 2018 - 9:34pm

Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, threatened Iran with the "strongest sanctions in history" and vowed to "crush" the regime's proxies around the world on Monday, sparking a furious response from Tehran. Mr Pompeo also called for a new nuclear treaty with Iran to replace the Obama-era deal that Donald Trump withdrew from earlier this month. But the top US diplomat issued a list of  12 requirements for such a deal, many of which Iran would be unlikely to agree to. He said the US would apply "unprecedented financial pressure" on Iran and send teams of specialists to allies around the world to explain US policy. Mr Pompeo said if Iran makes "major changes" the US was willing to lift all sanctions. Iran responded in furious fashion. President Hassan Rouhani led a bitter personal attack on Mr Pompeo, pointing out that he had until recently led the CIA, which had been implicated in Iran's 1953 coup. "A guy who had been active in an espionage center for years now wants to make a decision for Iran and other countries from the position of a foreign minister. It is not acceptable under any circumstance," he said. Javad Zarif, the foreign minister, insisted Iran was working with other partners to find a new solution. US diplomacy sham is merely a regression to old habits: imprisoned by delusions & failed policies—dictated by corrupt Special Interest—it repeats the same wrong choices and will thus reap the same ill rewards. Iran, meanwhile, is working with partners for post-US JCPOA solutions.— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) May 21, 2018 Iran deal was a 'loser' Delivering his first major foreign policy speech since taking the job, Mr Pompeo doubled down on the United States’ decision to quit the Iran nuclear deal earlier this month.  He framed the 2015 deal as allowing Iran to increase its malign influence across the Middle East on the back of funding from renewed trade with the West. Mr Pompeo accused the Iranian regime of "playing with house money that has become blood money". And he told the regime: "Understand your current activities will be met with steely resolve". He added: "The Obama administration made a bet.  That bet was a loser with massive repercussions. Mike Pompeo speaking in Washington Credit: Reuters "The bet was a bad one for the US, for Europe, and for the world. Iran's leaders saw it as a starting gun for the march across the Middle East." He added: "We will track down Iranian operatives and their proxies around the world and we will crush them." America 'open' to a new deal Mr Pompeo called for a new treaty with Iran, ratified by Congress, that ends enrichment and gives inspectors access . He said Iran must "stop enrichment" of uranium, which was allowed within strict limitations under the 2015 deal. Iran must also allow nuclear inspectors "unqualified access to all sites throughout the country". The Iranians must also declare all previous efforts to build a nuclear weapon, he said. Mr Pompeo also demanded that Iran must end support for Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen, withdraw all forces from Syria, halt support for Hezbollah and stop threatening Israel. It must also release all US citizens missing in Iran or being held on "spurious charges". Mike Pompeo Iran demands Mr Pompeo said if Iran made "major changes" the US would be willing to lift all sanctions, restoring full diplomatic and commercial ties. The US. would even support the modernisation of Iran's economy and help it reintegrate into the global financial system, he said. He added: "A treaty would be our preferred way to go."   Pompeo reaches out to European allies Mr Pompeo reached out to European and Middle Eastern  allies to help ramp up economic pressure on Iran. He said: "We want the support of our most important allies," adding that he welcomed backing from any other nation "sick and tired" of Iran. He said the plan "may seem unrealsistic" but what the US was pursuing was the global consensus befoe the 2015 Iran deal. "Our ears are open to what may be possible," he said, adding that progress with North Korea showed what could be achieved.   Other signatories of the 2015 Ian deal - Britain, France, Germany, the European Union, China, Russia and Iran - have said they will try to keep the agreement alive.  Mr Pompeo said: "I know our allies in Europe may try to keep the old nuclear deal going with Tehran. That is certainly their decision. They know where wee stand." The future of the 2015 deal remains in the balance, with Iran saying it will only keep to the agreement if the economic benefits gained from it remain in placed.  American allies have been clamouring for the Trump administration to explain its ‘Plan B’ approach to Iran after unilaterally quitting the deal.  US 'fully prepared' to respond if Iran resumes nuclear programme Mr Pompeo said the US was ready if Iran chose to resume its nuclear programme. He said: "Our demands on Iran are not unreasonable - give up your programme. "Should they choose to go back, should they begin to enrich, we are fully prepared to respond to that as well. I hope they will make a different decision, choose a different path." He did not say what the US response would be. European businesses would have to cut ties with Iran Much of the effectiveness of the Trump administration’s reimposition of sanctions depends on European businesses cutting economic ties with Iran.   Firms in the EU have taken much more advantage of the 2015 waiving of sanctions to sign contracts increasing business in Iran than those in America.  The EU exported over €10.8 billion (£9.4 billion) worth of goods to Iran in 2017, half of which was made up by machinery and transport. That is up from €6.5 billion (£5.7 billion) in 2015.  Senior Trump administration officials have threatened to impose ‘secondary sanctions’ on European businesses if they refuse to cancel their contracts. In return the EU has moved to reimpose a “blocking statue” originally meant to circumvent a the US embargo against Cuba in the 1990s that would protect European businesses. 

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2 NYPD officers, one the groom, killed in wedding-night car crash in Ulster County

Pharma news - May 21, 2018 - 8:17pm

Two off-duty NYPD officers were killed in a one-car crash in Ulster County Sunday night, on the night of one of the officer's wedding.

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Cops Accused Of Racism After Detaining Black Man Over 'Vegetation'

Pharma news - May 21, 2018 - 7:33pm

A Kansas police department is facing allegations of racism after a black man

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China's H-6K: The 'Old' Bomber That Could 'Sink' the U.S. Navy

Pharma news - May 21, 2018 - 6:56pm

In recent days, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) has stepped up its activities in the South China Sea. For the first time ever, the PLAAF has landed Xian H-6K bombers on Woody Island in the disputed Paracel archipelago. The Pentagon decried the Chinese move as a part of “China’s continued militarisation of disputed features in the South China Sea,” U.S. Pacific Command spokesman Lt. Col. Christopher Logan said.

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The House GOP Is in Chaos

Pharma news - May 21, 2018 - 6:13pm

With the House majority in revolt, Ryan could only watch powerlessly as the $867 billion farm bill imploded on Friday.

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Giuliani Says Mueller Can't Talk To Trump Until Trump Hears More About FBI Source

Pharma news - May 21, 2018 - 5:56pm

WASHINGTON ― One of Donald Trump's lawyers said Monday that the president

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Washington Fugitive Brags About Eluding Police on Facebook, Then Gets Arrested

Pharma news - May 21, 2018 - 5:40pm

Fugitive Kayla Irizarry taunted police and then got nabbed, authorities said.

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Egg a day tied to lower risk of heart disease

Reuters Health News - May 21, 2018 - 5:39pm
(Reuters Health) - People who eat an egg just about every day may have a lower risk of heart attack and stroke than individuals who don't eat eggs at all, a large Chinese study suggests.
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Trump Team Moves To Lift Ban On 'Extreme' Hunting Tactics In Alaska

Pharma news - May 21, 2018 - 5:28pm

The Trump administration on Monday proposed rolling back a 2015 rule that bans

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AP PHOTOS: Fire, steam, fascination as Hawaii lava rolls on

Pharma news - May 21, 2018 - 5:08pm

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Cracks in the ground spit out streams of lava that are snaking through Hawaii's Big Island, devouring homes and forests, chugging across a highway and pouring into the sea.

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Trump reverses Obama-era rule designed to prevent racial bias by car dealers

Pharma news - May 21, 2018 - 4:19pm

President Donald Trump has signed legislation rolling back auto-lending guidance designed to protect minorities from discrimination by car dealers. Congress voted last month to overturn guidance from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) that targeted “dealer markups” – interest rate hikes that auto dealers place on third-party auto loans to make a profit. Mr Trump signed the bill into law on Monday in a private session.

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Turkey's Erdogan says nuclear-armed states 'threatening the world'

Pharma news - May 21, 2018 - 4:09pm

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Monday accused countries with nuclear weapons of "threatening the world", and criticized the United States's withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. "Those who have more than 15,000 nuclear warheads are currently threatening the world," he said, referring to the approximate total number of warheads worldwide, most of which are held by the United States and Russia. Apparently referring to such states as Iran, he added: "Why are countries with nuclear warheads posing a threat to them?" "If we are to be fair, to show a just approach, then the countries with nuclear weapons, which portray nuclear power stations as threats, have no credibility in the international community," he said at an iftar dinner for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

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